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Posted: September 12, 2017

Florida Pizza Hut threatened to punish employees evacuating for Hurricane Irma 


Florida Pizza Hut threatened to punish employees evacuating for Hurricane Irma 
Sign for restaurant chain Pizza Hut. (Photo by In Pictures Ltd./Corbis via Getty Images)

By Sarah Elsesser, Palm Beach Post


A Florida Pizza Hut memo about Hurricane Irma has gone viral. 

According to the New York Daily News, a Jacksonville Pizza Hut manager, sent out a memo that read: “#1 priority is the safety and security of our team.” 

The post went on to list strict rules about evacuations and returning to work. 

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“If evacuating, you will have a 24-hour period before storm 'grace period' to not be scheduled," the letter stated. “You cannot evacuate Friday for a Tuesday storm event!”

The memo went on to read that employees, “MUST return within 72 hours” and “failure to show for these shifts, regardless of reason, will be considered a no call/no show and documentation will be issued.”

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That’s the part that really irked social media users. 

Pizza Hut released the following statement: “We absolutely do not have a policy that dictates when team members can leave or return from a disaster, and the manager who posted this letter did not follow company guidelines. We can also confirm that the local franchise operator has addressed this situation with the manager involved.”

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Read more at the New York Daily News

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